Crotalaria laburnifolia L.
subsp. australis (Baker f.) Polhill

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Synonyms: Crotalaria australis (Baker f.) I. Verd.
Crotalaria petiolaris Franch. var. australis Baker f.
Common names: Dodzidunhu (Shona) Oldland rattlepod (English) Wild sunhemp (English)
Status: Native
See subsp. laburnifolia for general description. This subsp. is distinguished by the leaves being hairless, never obovate, rounded at the apex and sometimes emarginate. The pods are longer, up to 10.5 cm, with the base tapering into the stipe, which is less than half as long as the pod.
Derivation of specific name: laburnifolia: with leaves resembling a Laburnum (another genus in Papilionoideae); australis: southern.
Habitat: In tree savanna and grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1050 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 89 - 90. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 218.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 90 - 93.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 63.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 23.

Other sources of information about Crotalaria laburnifolia subsp. australis:

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Flora of Botswana: Crotalaria laburnifolia subsp. australis
Flora of Mozambique: Crotalaria laburnifolia subsp. australis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crotalaria laburnifolia
African Plant Database: Crotalaria laburnifolia
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Crotalaria laburnifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Crotalaria laburnifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Crotalaria laburnifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Crotalaria laburnifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Crotalaria laburnifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Crotalaria laburnifolia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Crotalaria laburnifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Crotalaria laburnifolia
Ispot Southern Africa: Crotalaria laburnifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Crotalaria laburnifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crotalaria laburnifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crotalaria laburnifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Crotalaria laburnifolia
Tropicos: Crotalaria laburnifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crotalaria laburnifolia subsp. australis., retrieved 20 March 2018

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